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PhD Studentship: Cost focussed reduction of carbon footprint from store design to end of life

Project Description

PhD Studentship: Cost focussed reduction of carbon footprint from store design to end of life
University of West London - School of Computing and Engineering and The Lidl Great Britain Ltd

Summary of Project

Supermarkets in the UK contribute to around 1% of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This amount of emission is coming from the performance period of the supermarkets while the contribution during the construction phase is unknown. On the other hand, in recent years, the growing competition in this industry among the key players has resulted in increased pressure over constructing and delivering new stores in a shorter time.

LIDL is one of the major supermarket chains with over 760 stores in the UK. With the UK Government’s ambitious goal of 80% reductions in GHG emissions by 2050 and LIDL’s commitment to incorporate sustainability as a core part of their decision making process, reducing the business’s Carbon footprint during the construction phase will make a huge step towards reducing the adverse effects on the environment. This could cover different aspects of the construction phase, from initial planning to the choice and transportation of materials and building and structure erection phases. This is also important, as there is growing concern over the “embodied” carbon in the building material, which has traditionally been ignored. In order to investigate the suitability of a specific measure in reducing the CO2 its impact will be assessed through life cycle assessment (LCA).

Project objectives

This is a collaborative project between the University of West London and The Lidl Great Britain Ltd.

The project will:
• Undertake critical review of currently available literature regarding the GHG emissions associated with building construction phase.
• Identify the construction aspects with high potentials for contribution towards CO2 emissions reduction.
• Establish a set of recommendations for improving the carbon footprint during the construction phase through cost-effective measures.
• Investigate the possibility of finding measures with capacity of contributing to emission reduction during both construction and occupancy phases.
This is an opportunity for an exceptional candidate. Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, Merit or Distinction in a Master of Engineering (MEng) or Master of Science (MSc) in a relevant area including Civil or Mechanical Engineering. Applicants must also have a keen interest in energy issues combined with an excellent knowledge of statistical analysis and computational simulation.

Contact for further Information
For more details, contact Professor Ali B-Jahromi

Funding Notes

This three-year studentship offers a stipend of £12,000 a year and is funded to pay the tuition fees of UK/EU and international students.

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